Thursday, September 1, 2016

2016 - AUG - Spotlight Stories

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-01 - Wildfires burning in seven western states in the US:

Quote: "Wildfires were burning Monday in seven Western U.S. states, from California’s famed Big Sur region to tribal towns and hamlets near Reno, Nevada. Evacuations were ordered in Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming and firefighters were trying to stop a Washington blaze from reaching a thickly forested security zone at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation."

2016-08-01 - Wildfires in California continue to spread over San Francisco-sized area, thousands of homes at risk:

2016-08-01 - Wildfire burns through 273 square miles near Hanford Nuclear Reservation (Washington):

Quote: "The estimated size of the fire that burned through Yakima and Benton counties toward the Hanford nuclear reservation has been more than doubled to 273 square miles."

2016-08-01 - Wildfire burns 78 square miles west of Pyramid Lake (Nevada):

2016-08-01 - Wildfire rages for three days on the island of Evia (Greece):

Quote: "No injuries were reported, but a village, a monastery and a small hotel were evacuated, while the blaze threatened the small seaside town of Limni overnight. The hotel was destroyed, along with a holiday home, a restaurant and a couple of outhouses."

2016-08-01 - Underground electrical fire hits coastal Newquay (Britain):

2016-08-01 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole cover off in Peterborough (Britain):

2016-08-01 - Underground fire turns the ground to lava next to home in Kirkuk (Iraq):

2016-08-01 - Electrical substation damaged by massive fire in Syuchatar (Nepal):

2016-08-01 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion in coastal Durban (South Africa), 5 injured:

2016-08-01 - Four cars destroyed by fire just after 4 AM, seven more damaged, while parked at apartments in Pasadena (California):

Note: Also see the man, 47, who dropped dead on a sidewalk in Pasadena on this day...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-02 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits coastal San Francisco (California):

2016-08-02 - Underground electrical fire hits Milwaukee (Wisconsin), near Lake Michigan:

Quote: "Just before noon, smoke from manhole at 6th and Wells was reported. There were three to four manholes that had heavy dark smoke coming out of them."

2016-08-02 - Recycling center erupts in flame shortly before 7 AM in Spring Valley (California):

2016-08-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in coastal Ormond Beach (Florida):

Quote: "Significant damage was reported throughout the home, with damages estimated to be around $400,000. The two occupants, who were home at the time the fire started, were not injured. They believe that the fire started in a car."

2016-08-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking garage at hotel in coastal San Diego (California):

2016-08-02 - Car bursts into flame at 4:30 AM while parked in parking garage in Rockford (Illinois), near the Rock River:

2016-08-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Kimball Health Center in Saco (Maine), near the Saco River:

2016-08-02 - Car bursts into flame at 11:30 PM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Oakville (Canada), near Lake Ontario:

2016-08-02 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home on Dallas Street in Riccarton in coastal Christchurch (New Zealand):

Note: Those are all parked cars that burst into flame. Notice the locations: coast, coast, river, river, lake, coast. Coincidence? Hah, no, it's far too predictable to be coincidence...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-03 - Person found dead in burning car in residential area in Syosset (New York):

2016-08-03 - RV trailer ignites at 1:51 AM and kills man at Camper Cove RV Park in Hemlock (Oregon), near the coast:

2016-08-03 - More than 400 cars go up in flames while parked at festival in Castelo de Vide (Portugal):

Quote: "Thousands of people at Portugal's Festival Andancas, in Castelo de Vide, around 245 km from Lisbon, had to be evacuated Wednesday due to fire at a parking lot. The fire begun at around 3 p.m. local time and there has been no reports of injuries but more than 400 cars have been burned, according to media reports."

Quote: "The parking lot of an open-air music and dance festival in Portugal resembles a vehicle graveyard after a wildfire gutted 422 cars."

Quote: "However, a representative of the Consumer Protection Association told a newspaper that this is the first time in the European Union that more than 400 cars were destroyed and the incident will likely lead to creating new rules by insurers."

2016-08-03 - Underground electrical fire hits East Orange (New Jersey), dozens of homes evacuated:

Quote: "Witnesses tell News 12 New Jersey that they could see smoke and flames coming from the manholes in the street. Forty multifamily homes and an apartment building were evacuated as a precaution..."

2016-08-03 - Wildfire grows to 4600 acres near Lake Berryessa (California):

2016-08-03 - Wildfire grows to 11 square miles, 14 homes and some vehicles destroyed, near Hamilton (Montana):

Quote: "The Roaring Lion Fire started on Sunday afternoon about 5 miles southwest of Hamilton and destroyed 14 homes along with dozens of outbuildings and some vehicles."

2016-08-03 - Wildfire grows to 9,600 acres, two homes and six outbuildings destroyed, near Cody (Wyoming):

2016-08-03 - Wildfire grows to 10,000 acres in Box Elder County near Portage (Utah):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-04 - More than two dozen large wildfires rage in western states in the US:

2016-08-04 - Grim start to fire season in California - 8 dead, 350 square miles burned, 300 homes destroyed since June:

Quote: "Already, the fire statistics for 2016 are grim. State fire officials estimate roughly 223,600 acres, or 350 square miles, of California have burned so far this year in some 4,000 wildfires on state and federal land. More than 300 homes have burned, and eight people have been killed, including a bulldozer operator helping fight a fire."

2016-08-04 - Wildfire grows to more than 1100 acres at Crater Lake National Park (Oregon):

2016-08-04 - Recycling center erupts in flame at 1:45 AM, fire gets big, on Bolton Road in Rotherham (Britain):

2016-08-04 - Underground explosion blows pavement apart, injures woman, in Blackfriars area in coastal London (Britain):

2016-08-04 - Transformer bursts into flame in Odisha (India), blackouts ensue:

2016-08-04 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to two homes, in Amherst (New York):

Quote: "A burning vehicle between two Amherst homes sparked a three-alarm fire that caused about $550,000 in damage late Thursday. The fire between 94 and 102 Oakwood Drive was reported at 10:45 p.m., the Amherst Fire Control office said."

Note: Just another half-million-dollar car fire, nothing weird about that...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-05 - Man ignites and burns on Estridge Way in Tonbridge (Britain), near the River Medway:

Quote: "It is not yet known exactly how the man came to be on fire but Kent Police have confirmed the incident is not being treated as suspicious."

2016-08-05 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame, plane returns to airport in coastal Manila (Philippine Islands):

Quote: "A Gulf Air flight carrying 219 people to Bahrain from Manila suffered an engine fire on take-off this morning but landed safely in the Philippine capital after turning back..."

Quote: "Floramina Munzon, a passenger who was seated near the left wing, said she heard something like an explosion after the plane lifted from the ground."

Note: This is the 85th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-08-05 - Underground electrical fire hits courthouse in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "An underground transformer fire caused the lights and the air conditioning to go out Friday at the main Manhattan Criminal Court building."

2016-08-05 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Merced (California), many other fires too:

Quote: "At 11:45 p.m., firefighters left the Walgreens debris fire and responded to a fire in an underground Pacific Gas and Electric Co. vault near 3000 M St. The fire resulted in a power outage to customers in the area of M Street and Olive Avenue. It’s not clear how many were out of power."

2016-08-05 - Deadly basement fire rips through bar at midnight in Rouen (France), 13+ killed, 6 injured:

Note: Rouen is a port city located on the River Seine...

2016-08-05 - Deadly fire rips through motel at 5:48 AM in coastal Newport (Oregon), 4+ killed:

Quote: "Four bodies were discovered in the rubble of a fire that destroyed a Newport motel. Newport Fire Department crews, along with the officers from the Newport Police Department, arrived at the City Center Motel on Highway 101 around 5:48 a.m Friday to find the building fully engulfed in flames."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-08-05 - Bowling alley and other businesses destroyed by massive blaze before 3:30 AM in coastal Great Yarmouth (Britain):

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-06 - Passenger bus bursts into flame and kills person, injures five more, in Battambang (Cambodia):

Note: This is the 524th bus to burn in 2016...

2016-08-06 - High-rise luxury apartment building under construction damaged by huge blaze in coastal Dubai (UAE):

Quote: "A massive fire has broken out on a multi-million pound construction site in Dubai. Startling footage shows thick, black smoke filling the sky as bright orange flames tear through the building. The Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village was hit just over a year after construction began on the £285 million building. The 60-storey tower, dubbed the Skai Tower, promises to be one of Dubai's premier destinations for the rich and famous once if completed."

Note: Can't even get 'em built before they're burning up now!

2016-08-06 - Petrochemical complex erupts in flame in coastal Bandar Abbas (Iran):

Quote: "A fire broke out on Saturday in a storage area of the Bandar Imam Khomeini Petrochemical Complex in southern Iran, the state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday, the latest in a string of blazes in the region."

2016-08-06 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns in the wee hours in coastal Genaveh (Iran), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2016-08-06 - Transformer explodes and burns at substation in coastal Pensacola (Florida):

2016-08-06 - Transformer explodes and burns on pole in Crosby-on-Eden (Britain):

2016-08-06 - Electrical substation erupts in flame, fire spreads to fire station, in Moradabad (India):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-07 - Clothes burst into flame at 5 AM on balcony at home in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

Quote: "Fire crews say a pile of clothes caught fire at a Bridgeport home Sunday. Officials say the fire started on the third floor balcony of a building on Hancock Avenue around 5 a.m."

Note: This is why and how people have been bursting into flame and it's mostly fatal when it's the clothes a person is wearing that ignites. It's not 'spontaneous human combustion', it's spontaneous clothing combustion. As more methane and hydrogen sulfide enter the atmosphere, this will become increasingly common, as indeed it already is. Hydrogen sulfide will tend to kill you outright even without combustion, but methane will kill you with fire, and you'll never know if your clothes are contaminated with methane because it's odorless and invisible. Look at the circumstances here: outdoors and fully exposed to the atmosphere, near the East Coast where a 5-trillion-pound methane clathrate deposit is dissociating, and during the wee hours when the atmosphere cools and compresses which pushes any methane and/or hydrogen sulfide floating in the atmosphere closer to the ground. This problem doesn't just affect clothes, but car and furniture upholstery, cardboard, wood, paper, sawdust, anything adsorbent...

2016-08-07 - Skydiving plane engine bursts into flame, passengers jump, plane makes emergency landing near Colorado Springs (Colorado):

Quote: "All 13 passengers on a skydiving plane that caught fire Sunday afternoon parachuted to safety before the aircraft made an emergency landing at the Colorado Springs East Airport, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said. The plane had just departed from the small airport at 3060 Flying View in east El Paso County when an engine caught fire, the Sheriff's Office said."

Quote: "It came the same weekend two tandem skydivers plummeted to their deaths in California after their parachute failed to open."

Note: Did the parachute fail or were the two skydivers unconscious, having seizures or dead and so they weren't able to pull the cord? Probably not easy to tell once they're a couple of splattered corpses on the ground. Not that we'd be too likely to get the truth in any case. This is the 86th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-08-07 - 20 or 25 cars destroyed by fire while parked in storage yard in coastal Chula Vista (California):

Quote: "A fire that kicked up huge plumes of smoke in Chula Vista Sunday destroyed between 20 and 25 vehicles parked in a storage yard and damaged a neighboring upholstery business, a Chula Vista fire official said."

2016-08-07 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, six cars burn, in Middlesex (New Jersey), nobody there:

2016-08-07 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Bakersfield (California):

Quote: "The fire broke out around 2 p.m. at the Westbrook Recycling facility on bales of cardboard."

Note: Also see the big rig that burst into flame at 5:30 AM on I-5 near Bakersfield on this day...

2016-08-07 - Recycling center hit by fire, 100 tons of construction waste burns, in Edmonton area in coastal London (Britain):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-08 - Car bursts into flame and kills 42-year-old man on Brunswick Avenue in Spotswood (New Jersey):

Quote: "According to a police monitoring system, the car fire was reported around 11:30 a.m. Monday in the area of 88 Brunswick Ave. The monitoring system indicated a party was believed to be trapped in the vehicle due to a medical condition."

Quote: "The monitoring system also indicated the patient, believed to be a 42-year-old man, had burns on about 90 percent of his body, including head and airway burns."

Quote: "A 42-year-old borough man died Monday night from injuries suffered in a car fire earlier in the day, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office."

Note: So this man had a 'medical condition' at the same time that his car burst into flames. That's not a coincidence...

2016-08-08 - Woman burns to death in burning car in Teynampet area in coastal Chennai (India):

2016-08-08 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, flight attendant sickened, plane lands in El Paso (Texas):

Quote: "A Southwest Airlines flight from San Antonio to El Paso safely landed after the smell of smoke was detected in the cabin and a flight attendant reported feeling sick."

Note: This is the 87th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-08-08 - Wildfire triples in size overnight to 7 square miles near Silverwood Lake (California), evacuations ensue:

Quote: "Hundreds of firefighters, aided by 16 aircraft, battled flames that spread across 7 square miles on the northern side of the rugged mountain range east of Los Angeles. Dozens of homes were ordered evacuated, and authorities recommended voluntary evacuations for more than 5,000."

2016-08-08 - More than 700 wildfires rage in Portugal, emergency declared:

Quote: "More than 4,400 firefighters battled hundreds of forest blazes of varying sizes across Portugal on Monday, authorities said, as the annual summer wildfire season hit a peak. The National Civil Protection Authority said on its website that by late afternoon almost 1,500 vehicles and 32 water-dumping aircraft were deployed at 702 wildfires, some of which have been burning for days."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-09 - Man in his 60s ignites in Tonbridge (Britain), dies a few days later:

Quote: "A spokesman for Kent Police confirmed: 'At 6.10pm on Friday, August 5, Kent Police, the fire service and South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) were called to reports that a man in his 60s was on fire in Estridge Way, Tonbridge. He was taken to a London hospital for treatment however he has since died. The incident is not being treated as suspicious and officers will prepare a report for the coroner.' It is not known how the man came to be on fire."

Note: People burning to death unsuspiciously is certainly becoming more common...

2016-08-09 - Helicopter makes emergency landing then bursts into flame on the mountain of Yr Aran in Wales (Britain):

Note: This is the 88th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-08-09 - Update on medical plane that smoked and crashed in California - broke apart in mid-air:

Quote: "A preliminary report from the National Transportation and Safety Board says a small medical plane broke up in flight last month and then crashed into a densely forested Northern California mountain range, killing all four people aboard. The Piper PA31 was carrying a flight nurse, a transport medic and a patient from Crescent City, near the Oregon border, to Oakland when the pilot said he saw smoke in the cockpit and declared an emergency July 29."

Quote: "A woman camping nearby reported seeing a large, dome-shaped flash, followed by another flash and a loud rumble."

Note: I bet the flash(es) and rumble was an explosion and that's what blew the plane apart. That event was mentioned in the 2016-07-29 update...

2016-08-09 - Wildfire rages toward coastal Funchal on the island of Madeira (Portugal), 3 killed, homes destroyed:

Quote: "More than 400 people have been evacuated on the Portuguese island of Madeira after wildfires destroyed buildings near the capital, Funchal. Regional President Miguel Albuquerque said one person had suffered serious burns and scores of others had needed treatment for the effects of smoke."

Quote: "Miguel Albuquerque, head of Madeira's regional government, told reporters the three local victims died in their burned homes early Wednesday as the wildfire hit the coastal city in the dark. He said two other people were seriously hurt and one person is missing. At least 37 houses and a five-star hotel had burned down."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-10 - RV trailer bursts into flame and kills man at 1:34 AM in Gainesville (Florida):

2016-08-10 - Wildfires rage near coastal Marseille (France), homes destroyed, evacuations ensue:

Quote: "Areas near the French city of Marseille have been hit by a series of wildfires, burning homes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents."

2016-08-10 - Tire recycling business destroyed by massive fire in Lockport (New York):

Quote: "Authorities say a massive fire at a western New York tire recycling facility is contained but not under control. The fire broke out shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday at a former paper mill in Lockport that’s now used to store and shred tires. Niagara County authorities say they evacuated residents living on nearby streets as a precaution."

2016-08-10 - Recycling center erupts in flame in coastal Bourne (Massachusetts):

2016-08-10 - Auto salvage yard damaged by fire, several cars burn too, in Guelph (Canada), 1 injured:

Quote: "The fire, reported at 7:30 p.m., was near Nicklin Auto Parts on Eastview Road. Fire crews arrived to find thick, black smoke and heavy flames coming from a building and several cars at the rear of the business."

2016-08-10 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on the M2 in coastal Sydney (Australia), separate medical emergency in tunnel too:

Quote: "A fireball which engulfed a ute on the M2 and a medical emergency in the Lane Cove Tunnel caused traffic chaos in Sydney Wednesday afternoon."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-11 - Mysterious explosion alarms people in Eton (Australia), 15 miles from the coast:

2016-08-11 - Mysterious underground fire burns in Limpopo (South Africa), 3 people injured:

Quote: "In July the Limpopo Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC) received a call from the Sekhukune District Municipality regarding the emergence of unusual fire, mud and grey ash in a damp wetland area on the outskirts of the village."

Quote: "'While we were doing ANC work this is what we saw, the ground is on fire. It is like a volcano. People of Sehlakwane please take note of this unusual stuff,' said Ka-Mphezulu. Moja said that the PDMC has been unable to determine the cause of the strange occurrence."

2016-08-11 - Oil refinery damaged by explosion and fire in Convent (Louisiana), near the Mississippi River and the coast:

Quote: "An explosion and fire rocked the Shell Motiva oil refinery in Convent, Louisiana shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday."

Quote: "Witnesses have told other local media outlets there was an explosion. It took firefighters a little over an hour to contain the massive blaze, which was located in the refinery’s H-Oil unit..."

Quote: "A fire Thursday at a refinery along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge has been extinguished."

2016-08-11 - Coal-fired power plant erupts in flame, fire gets huge, on the St. Clair River in East China Township (Michigan):

Quote: "Fire crews were working Thursday night to extinguish a blaze at a power plant along the St. Clair River, northeast of Detroit, where there were no reports of injuries."

2016-08-11 - Power plant rocked by explosion in Hubei (China), 21+ killed, 5 injured:

2016-08-11 - Two transformers go up in flames at electrical substation in Kansas City (Missouri):

2016-08-11 - Electrical substation damaged by fire at 2:35 AM in Hatfield Peverel (Britain):

2016-08-11 - Factory hit by explosion and fire, pile of metal burns, in Chicago (Illinois), near Lake Michigan, 2 injured:

Quote: "One person and a firefighter were injured in a fire and explosion at a factory Thursday evening in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Firefighters responded shortly after 7 p.m. to the blaze in a small pile of metal at the factory in the 2900 block of West 31st Street..."

2016-08-11 - Marsh fire breaks out in coastal Middle Township (New Jersey):

2016-08-11 - 25 cars and auto shop destroyed by fire at 2 AM in Kankakee (Illinois):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-12 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Winchester (Britain), blackouts ensue:

2016-08-12 - Electrical substation hit by explosion and fire at 2 AM near water treatment plant in Henderson (Nevada):

2016-08-12 - 80 cars destroyed by fire while parked at festival in Winchester (Britain):

Quote: "Six pumps from Winchester, Eastleigh, St Mary’s, Redbridge, Alresford and Headquarters were called to a significant fire at the Boomtown festival in Winchester this afternoon (Friday 12 August). On arrival firefighters were faced with a large blaze involving approximately 80 vehicles, all of which were destroyed in the fire, but fortunately no injuries were reported. The Boomtique campsite next to the car park was evacuated as a precaution, but suffered no damage."

Note: Very similar to the 400+ cars that went up in flames while parked at a festival in Castelo de Vide (Portugal), mentioned in the 2016-08-03 update. That fire was the first time ever that 400+ cars had burned in one fire anywhere in the European Union...

2016-08-12 - Auto salvage yard devastated by massive fire in Chambersburg (Pennsylvania):

2016-08-12 - Six cars go up in flames at 3:35 AM at car dealership in Vineland (New Jersey):

2016-08-12 - Sixteen cars go up in flames since July 1 in coastal Malmö (Sweden):

Quote: "Despite calling in reinforcements, police still have not been able to catch any of the perpetrators."

Note: Maybe they can't catch any perpetrators because there aren't any, just cars bursting into flame, as has been happening all over the planet for some years now, though they're obviously a bit too dim-witted and unobservant in Sweden to have noticed that...

Quote: "'This kind of pace [of attacks] won’t be sustained indefinitely,' Southern Sweden Police information officer Calle Persson told the TT news agency, as cited by the Local."

Note: That's probably true - things will get worse until there are no more cars left that can burn and then there will be no more car fires. Problem solved!

Category: Variety Pack

2016-08-13 - Unknown odor sickens person in Silver Spring (Maryland):

Quote: "Fire Officials are investigating a hazmat situation that occurred in close proximity to where a deadly apartment exploded in Silver Spring late Wednesday evening, according to Pete Piringer with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service."

Quote: "Piringer says crews are on the scene in the 2200 block Colston Drive checking out an unusual odor. One person is reportedly sick with injuries that are not life-threatening. Officials believe there could possibly be carbon monoxide coming from a gas stove."

Note: Maybe there was carbon monoxide coming from a stove but that obviously wasn't the unusual odor, seeing as carbon monoxide is odorless, which is why they call it 'the silent killer'. Also, it wasn't just the one apartment building that exploded; another apartment building caught fire near the one that exploded too, mentioned in the 2016-08-11 update. So in a short period of time, an apartment building was destroyed by a massive explosion and fire, another apartment building burned and a HazMat incident involving an unknown odor sickened a person, all in the same general location...

2016-08-13 - Update on apartment building explosion in Silver Spring (Maryland) - body count rises to five:

Quote: "Montgomery County officials said a fifth body has been found in the rubble of an explosion and fire of an apartment building in Silver Spring, Maryland."

2016-08-13 - Cars and car showroom destroyed by huge fire in Jinsi, Bhopal (India), 1 injured:

2016-08-13 - Foam bursts into flame, again, on Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru (India):

2016-08-13 - Devastating historic floods submerge parts of Louisiana, 20+ inches of rain falls, 2+ killed:

Note: The Delugening has begun...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-14 - Man found dead in burning van at cemetery on Gorringe Valley Road in coastal Eastbourne (Britain):

Quote: "The body of a man has been discovered in a van found burning in an Eastbourne cemetery today (Sunday). Sussex Police say officers were called in by firefighters after they went to a vehicle fire in Willingdon Cemetery in Gorringe Valley Road at 8.20am. A police spokesperson said, 'A deceased man’s body was found inside. His death is being treated as unexplained.'"

Quote: "The death is being treated as unexplained at this stage, although there are no suspicious circumstances."

Note: Excellent, so just another person burning to death in a vehicle unsuspiciously. Getting to be a popular way to die nowadays!

2016-08-14 - Auto salvage yard hit by huge fire, 100 cars burn, in Goose Creek (South Carolina), near the coast:

Quote: "Goose Creek Rural Fire Department Police Chief, Bob Maibach, says about 100 stacked cars from the salvage yard were involved in the fire."

2016-08-14 - Railcar carrying Toyota vehicles goes up in flames, 15 cars destroyed, near Pittock Reservoir (Canada):

Quote: "Multiple fire departments worked together to knock down an overnight fire in a rail car. Multiple fire departments teamed up to knock down a fire that sprung up overnight in a rail car carrying Toyota vehicles. Reports indicate the blaze sparked sometime between Saturday night and early Sunday morning but there's no word yet as to a cause. According to the Woodstock Professional Fire Fighters Association's twitter, the Innerkip and Tavistock departments assisted with the call."

Quote: "A weekend fire on a railway just north of Woodstock closed down several roads near Pittock Reservoir late Saturday and early Sunday morning."

2016-08-14 - Car bursts into flame at 10:58 PM while parked at home, fire spreads to two homes, near Lake Erie in Dunkirk (New York):

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-08-14 - Car bursts into flame at 6:15 AM while parked in garage, fire spreads to garage, at retirement village in coastal Maroochydore (Australia):

2016-08-14 - Car bursts into flame while parked in underground carpark, 10 more cars damaged, in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at an underground car park in Aura Court, Peckham Rye this evening. A car was completely damaged by fire and another ten vehicle were damaged by heat and smoke."

Note: Obviouser and obviouser, to paraphrase Alice from Alice in Wonderland...

Category: Variety Pack

2016-08-15 - Man, 19, stabs couple to death, bites face off one, near coastal Tequesta (Florida):

Quote: "'He was biting the victim on the face and actually removing pieces of his face with his teeth,' Snyder told reporters, including those from The Orlando Sentinel."

Quote: "He said hospital blood tests showed no signs of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or other common drugs..."

Quote: "Snyder said late Tuesday that Harrouff's condition deteriorated and he may not survive. Earlier, Snyder said Harrouff suffered bruises, dog bites and cuts and had been jolted with a stun gun during his altercation with deputies."

Note: Striking similarities to the original face-eater incident: murderous aggression against stranger(s), face-eating, inability to speak (growling and grunting only), superhuman strength, and proximity to the coast in Florida. The original face-eater was tested for drugs and also had none in his system. These events are very likely caused by a different 'drug' than anyone is testing for: hydrogen sulfide, which is neurotoxic and can cause all of these behaviors. Some people have been known to huff a mixture of hydrogen sulfide and methane in third-world countries, where it's called Jenkem. They say it makes them fearless and warms them up. (That's why people have frequently been stripping naked as they go insane too - they're getting overheated.)

This can affect anyone at any time now, and you're most likely to zombify when in, near or downwind of low-lying areas, but nowhere is really safe. Well, maybe the 'continuity-of-government' facilities have a filtered and protected atmosphere. You'd have to ask your government about that; they'd be the ones who'd know if they're gonna be safe while the rest of us die.

The original face-eater incident occurred on the MacArthur Causeway in Florida. Here's a Google Maps link that shows both that location and the location of this recent face-eating incident...

2016-08-15 - Man found dead at 11 PM in burning car at Lowe's in North Attleboro (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Authorities are investigating the death of a man found inside a car when firefighters responded to a car fire earlier this week. The incident occurred sometime around 11 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot at Lowe’s, off Route 1, according to police Capt. Joseph DiRenzo."

2016-08-15 - Mysterious explosion rattles people and shakes the ground in and around coastal New Smyrna Beach (Florida):

2016-08-15 - Underground electrical fire breaks out near federal building in Austin (Texas):

2016-08-15 - Volcano Popocatépetl erupts four times in 24 hours in Mexico:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-16 - RV explodes and burns at 11:20 PM and kills man in Redding (California):

Quote: "Man dies in explosion, fire in motor home in Redding..."

Note: This is the 344th RV to burn in 2016...

2016-08-16 - Mysterious explosion shortly after midnight rattles people and shakes the ground in coastal Wellington (New Zealand):

2016-08-16 - Underground electrical fire at midnight blacks out parts of coastal Washington DC:

2016-08-16 - Metal recycling business hit by fire, large pile of scrap metal burns, in Lorton (Virginia):

2016-08-16 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame before 3 AM, junk cars burn, near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri):

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-08-16 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, four cars burn, in Huron (South Dakota):

Quote: "Four salvage vehicles and a small area of grass burned in a fire of undetermined origin in northeast Huron Sunday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the Lincoln Auto storage yard near Ravine Lake just before 6 p.m."

2016-08-16 - 200 classic cars and auto restoration business go up in flames at 4:30 AM near Dereham, Norfolk (Britain):

Quote: "The family’s home was attached to Mr Morse’s classic car restoration business, which had been in his family since the mid-1960s. Made up of multiple workshops and a garage, there were about 200 motors. The Morses fear about £3m worth of classic cars were lost, including Bentleys and Rolls-Royces, as well as their new Mini Cooper."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-17 - Monstrous wildfire grows to 46+ square miles near Wrightwood (California), state of emergency declared:

Quote: "A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyons, instantly engulfing homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames."

Quote: "By Wednesday, a day after it ignited in brush left bone dry by years of drought, the blaze had spread across nearly 47 square miles and was raging out of control."

Quote: "Authorities could not immediately say how many homes had been destroyed, but they warned that the number will be large. 'There will be a lot of families that come home to nothing,' San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said after flying over a fire scene he described as 'devastating.'"

2016-08-17 - Ferry ship 'Caribbean Fantasy' bursts into flame near coastal San Juan (Puerto Rico), ship evacuated:

Note: This is the 1149th boat or ship to burn in 2016...

2016-08-17 - Underground electrical explosion and fires ignite postal truck and car at 11:50 PM in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "At around 11:50pm I could hear a big explosion from the electric manhole between a car and a postal truck. Later on a second manhole caught fire closer to Broadway."

2016-08-17 - Deadly 'smoke waves' will inundate the West as wildfires grow:

2016-08-17 - Portugal's August wildfires make up half of EU's 2016 total:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-18 - Woman, 34, found dead and on fire on road near coastal Tweed Heads (Australia):

Quote: "No official cause of death has been determined at this stage; however Ms Bremer had sustained serious burns to most of her body."

Note: She might've just burst into flame and burned to death, like the woman in her 60s who burned to death at 7:20 AM on a street in coastal Rye (Australia), mentioned in the 2016-07-18 update, or the woman who burned to death at the Altona Beach Esplanade in coastal Melbourne (Australia), mentioned in the 2016-07-11 update, and so on.

It's actually people's clothing that's being contaminated with methane and/or hydrogen sulfide and then bursting into flame and killing them, which means that women are more apt to burn to death this way simply because they tend to wear more clothes than men. Just as a ballpark estimate, I'd say around 75% of the people who've burst into flame and burned to death have been women. In fact, the first person I noticed burning to death was a woman who burned to death on her porch swing at home in West Frankfort (Illinois) in early 2012. The people who've burned to death after their vehicles burst into flame is much more equal between men and women, as you'd expect, since roughly equal numbers of men and women drive vehicles...

2016-08-18 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Istanbul (Turkey):

Quote: "However, local Turkish news agencies reported one woman on board was hospitalised after suffering a fainting spell."

Note: They say 'bird strike' caused this, but there's nothing to verify that, especially no witness corroboration, so that sounds like unverifieable BS from the airline or government. And it wasn't just an engine fire but a woman lost consciousness too. This is the 90th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-08-18 - Boat fires and medical emergencies on the rise in coastal North Kingstown (Rhode Island):

Quote: "Fire Captain John Linacre tells WLNE-TV he thinks there are more boaters, which could be contributing to the increasing number of boat fires and medical emergencies."

Note: Or maybe it's the simplest explanation - there are more boat fires and medical emergencies, period...

2016-08-18 - Numerous wildfires continue raging in California, firenadoes becoming more common:

2016-08-18 - Metal recycling business hit by fire, scrap cars burn, in Charlotte (North Carolina):

Quote: "According to the Charlotte Fire Department, no buildings were damaged. From WBTV's Sky3, it appeared that multiple vehicles were charred in the fire."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-19 - Firefighters make gains on Blue Cut wildfire near Wrightsville (California), but 105+ homes destroyed:;-105-homes-destroyed/1477589/

Quote: "At least 105 single-family homes and 216 outbuildings were lost as of Friday, San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said at a news conference. The count could rise in the days ahead."

2016-08-19 - Wildfire grows to 12,790 acres near Alta Sierra (California), evacuations ensue:

2016-08-19 - Six large wildfires rage in Greece:

2016-08-19 - Metal recycling business erupts in flame in Colton (California):

Quote: "A fire at a Colton scrap yard was putting up black smoke on Friday, Aug. 19, that could be seen for miles. Television images showed a man with a hose futilely attempting to control the flames until the Fire Department could arrive."

2016-08-19 - Only refinery in the country heavily damaged by huge fire in coastal Puerto Sandino (Nicaragua):

Quote: "Fire fighters in Nicaragua are trying to bring under control a huge fire at the country's only oil refinery. The blaze started two days ago when one of four big fuel tanks exploded at the Puma Energy facility in the Pacific port of Puerto Sandino. A second tank caught fire on Thursday."

2016-08-19 - Landfill erupts in flame at 7:35 AM on Bristol Road in Bridgwater (Britain):

2016-08-19 - Recycling center hit by fire on Queens Mill Road in Huddersfield (Britain):

Category: Variety Pack

2016-08-20 - Naked man, 57, acts erratic at 7:15 AM at coastal Sebastian Inlet State Park (Florida), dies shortly later:

Quote: "A naked man who was reportedly acting 'erratically' at a Brevard County park died Saturday after being taken to a local hospital, officials said. Deputies responded to Sebastian Inlet State Park about 7:15 a.m. and found 57-year-old Peter Robinson naked in the water of the Sebastian Inlet State Park."

Note: About 75 miles from where the college student, 19, stabbed a couple to death and ate one of their faces, mentioned in the 2016-08-15 update. Here's a Google Maps link that shows both locations...

2016-08-20 - Limousine bursts into flame while parked at home on Rio Vista Drive in coastal Tequesta (Florida):

Quote: "Tequesta Fire Rescue crews extinguished a limousine fire Saturday morning on Rio Vista Drive."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area. Tequesta is near where the 19-year-old college student, man, stabbed two people to death and chewed off one of their faces, mentioned in the 2016-08-15 update...

2016-08-20 - Extreme wildfires - California's new normal?

Quote: "Veteran firefighters say they have never seen fires as hot and strong as those ravaging California this year."

Note: Wait until next year! It's just going to get worse and worse with each year that passes...

2016-08-20 - RV bursts into flame, fire spreads, two building destroyed, at Carson River Resort near Markleeville (California):

Quote: "A fire that claimed at least two buildings at the Carson River Resort spread to the hills behind the resort on Saturday afternoon. Alpine County, East Fork and U.S. Forest Service firefighters were battling a 50-acre wildland blaze that was reportedly set by a burning motorhome at the resort, located along Highway 89 two miles southeast of Markleeville."

Quote: "The resort is made up of a series of cabins, a store and other structures along the Carson River, according to Taylor."

Note: Never seen as many brush fires ignited by vehicle fires as I've seen this year in California alone. This is the 353rd RV to burn in 2016...

2016-08-20 - Landfill leaking hydrogen sulfide in Champ (Missouri):

Quote: "The sewer district issued two violations earlier this year against Champ Landfill for its runoff that introduced 'dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide gases in the sewer system,' LeComb said."

2016-08-20 - Airbus to build autonomous flying taxis:

Quote: "Billing it as a solution to urban congestion, Airbus has announced a new effort to build helicopter-like autonomous flying vehicles to transport both small parcels and, even more radically, passengers. The battery-powered passenger vehicles, currently dubbed CityAirbus, would be summoned by smartphone and travel along aerial urban roadways, constituting a system of robotic flying taxis."

Note: In light of the problems caused by people randomly losing consciousness or spazzing out or dying while driving, I had a conversation a week or two ago with my significant other where I espoused the idea of a 'pod-based transportation system', with autonomous drones picking up and dropping off pods with people inside them. This is pretty close to what I was talking about! And also in the news this year: driveless cars, driverless semi trucks and driverless cargo ships - see a trend there?

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-21 - Person found dead in burning car in St. Cloud (Florida):

2016-08-21 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes and rattles people at 12:15 AM in and around Hazleton (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "While some cite a 'sonic boom,' 'a meteor exploding in atmosphere' or 'a high-tension power line breaking,' the most popular guess points to the ignition of a methane gas pocket at the site of the Jeanesville mine fire, burning underground in Banks Township. Many local residents also cite smelling sulfur — something common in methane-related incidents."

Note: Methane itself - CH4 - contains no sulfur. But some species of ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea eat methane for food and produce hydrogen sulfide. That's how natural gas gets contaminated with hydrogen sulfide, which is removed during refining. Gas with high levels of hydrogen sulfide is called 'sour gas'. A mysterious explosion and sulfur smell - almost certainly an explosion involving methane AND hydrogen sulfide...

2016-08-21 - School destroyed by huge inferno in coastal Selsey (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters are tackling a major fire at a school in a seaside town with explosions being reported. Ten fire engines have been dispatched to The Academy in Selsey, near Chichester, West Sussex, after the blaze broke out at around 8am on Sunday."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-08-21 - Apartment building devastated by massive fire in coastal Surrey (Canada), 100+ people homeless:

2016-08-21 - Five cars and office building go up in flames at 4 AM in coastal Skegness (Britain):

2016-08-21 - 100 tons of tires, trailer full of books, and rubbish go up in flames at 1:32 AM in coastal Southwick (Britain):

Category: Variety Pack

2016-08-22 - Man, 23, restaurant worker, turns grey, foams at the mouth, attacks co-workers, in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "Co-workers described Melliza, who had started at the restaurant three weeks prior to the incident, as a quiet and polite person. James Pryde, a cook who saw the aftermath of the incident, said Melliza’s face appeared to be a shade of gray and that Melliza had foam coming out of his mouth. 'He had blood all over his shirt and he was crying,' Pryde said. 'I’ve never seen somebody that color. It was an unearthly gray.'"

Note: Gettin' pretty zombular out there!

2016-08-22 - Man, 55, strips naked and runs around in traffic, gets tased, in Salt Lake City (Utah):

Quote: "Salt Lake City Police used a Taser to stop a man who was running naked in the streets, through traffic, and pounding on cars Monday in Salt Lake City. The man took off his clothes and ran through traffic around 400 South and 300 West forcing cars to stop and in sight of a 2News crew. Police were unable to stop him and eventually employed a Taser to bring him down, stopping the streaking episode."

2016-08-22 - Mysterious explosions and flashes of light shake homes and alarm people in coastal Portishead (Britain):

Quote: "People have been left mystified into the cause of a series of late night 'explosions' near Bristol which caused their houses to 'shake.' People living in the Port Marine area of Portishead reported hearing a number of loud bangs and seeing flashes of bright white light coming from the direction of Phoenix Way Saturday night. The first explosion was heard around 7pm with others at around 10.30pm and 11.30pm. More were heard into the early hours of Sunday. Some residents said the explosions were of such force they 'felt their houses shake.'"

2016-08-22 - Mysterious 'gas leak' causes evacuations in Ocean Beach area in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "The San Diego Police Department has ordered evacuations in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego, California, following a gas leak report at 6:50pm Monday, according to reports. The source of the leak remains unknown. More than 200 people are evacuating the area of Bacon Street and Del Monte Avenue, according to officials, local NBC-affiliate KNSD reports. A 70 percent gas reading was found near a sewer man hole by a San Diego Gas and Electric technician, KNSD reported, but because the source is unknown, the evacuation order is indefinite."

Note: One block from the ocean, and I wouldn't be so sure that's a gas leak. They don't tend to run natural gas through SEWERS. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-08-22 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Long Beach (California):

2016-08-22 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Guildford (Britain):

Quote: "In the early hours of Sunday morning I was awoken by a loud bang and looked out of my window to see the pavement outside Bar Mambo in Guildford on fire."

2016-08-22 - Golf carts bursts into flame before 2 AM while parked in oceanfront carpark in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

Quote: "Investigators are working to learn what exactly caused several golf carts to catch fire in a parking garage overnight. Firefighters were dispatched to the fourth floor of the 30th Street parking garage across from the Hilton Hotel just before 2 a.m. "

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-08-22 - US deaths from lighting strikes in 2016 already higher than any entire year since 2010:

Quote: "A pair of fatalities from lightning strikes over the weekend lifted the U.S. death toll from such accidents this year to 29, the most since 2010, the National Weather Service said on Monday. The latest lightning-related deaths occurred in Colorado and Michigan on Friday, the NWS said in a report. With four months left in the year, the 2016 toll has already surpassed last year's 27."

2016-08-22 - Large crack spreading across the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica:

Quote: "The crack is spreading across the Larsen C Ice Shelf at an increased rate, threatening to carve out an iceberg the size of Delaware while destabilizing a larger area of ice roughly the size of Scotland."

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2016-08-23 - Unknown 'gas odor' emanates from sinks and shower drains at apartment building in coastal Waipahu (Hawaii):

Quote: "Hawaii Gas personnel used a device that detects hydrocarbons but found none, so they determined there was no natural gas leak, according to a spokesman for the utility. The detection of hydrocarbons would indicate the presence of methane, the primary component of natural gas. The gas crew determined that the odor was coming from sinks and shower drains in an apartment building but the source was unclear."

2016-08-23 - Magnitude 6.1+ earthquake strikes near Norcia (Italy), 159+ killed, buildings collapse, damage considerable:

Quote: "A powerful earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns in central Italy on Wednesday, trapping residents under piles of rubble, killing at least 159 people according to the country’s civil protection agency."

Quote: "Residents wakened before dawn by the temblor emerged from their crumbled homes to find what they described as apocalyptic scenes 'like Dante's Inferno,' with entire blocks of buildings turned into piles of sand and rock, thick dust choking the air and a putrid smell of gas."

2016-08-23 - Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes at the Myanmar-India border:

2016-08-23 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Scooteney Reservoir (Washington):

2016-08-23 - Lightning strikes injure man and boy in Columbia County (Florida):

2016-08-23 - Lightning strike kills 22 sheep near Nambiyur in Tamil Nadu (India):

2016-08-23 - Terrible flooding kills hundreds in India, millions displaced and forced into camps:

Quote: "At least 300 people have died in eastern and central India and more than 6 million others have been affected by floods that have submerged villages, washed away crops, destroyed roads, and disrupted power and phone lines, officials said Tuesday."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-24 - Underwear bursts into flame in parked car at auto shop in Madison (Wisconsin):

Quote: "According to the release, when firefighters got the car open, they found a pair of burning underwear on the passenger seat, which had produced a small fire."

Note: Doesn't seem like that big of a deal, a pair of underwear igniting. But the ramifications - clothing is spontaneously combusting. What happens when it's clothing that someone is wearing? Mostly that's fatal. So far as I know, the woman who burst into flame while sitting on a park bench at a seaside park in coastal Flensburg, Germany, did not die, but virtually everyone else who's burst into flame has died. That event was mentioned in the 2015-11-05 update. These events aren't 'spontaneous human combustion'. It's the clothes that are combusting...

2016-08-24 - 28 school buses and bus garage go up in flames in Puyallup (Washington):

Quote: "At least 28 buses were damaged, police said, though the extent of the total damage was not immediately known. It’s also unclear what caused the fire."

Note: These are the 145th through 172nd school buses to burn in 2016 and these are the 564th through 591st buses to burn in 2016...

2016-08-24 - RV bursts into flame while parked at gas station, fire spreads, gas station destroyed, in Cashmere (Washington):

Quote: "A late-night fire Wednesday destroyed the gas station and mini mart at BJ’s Shell station in Cashmere. The fire started in a motorhome, which was parked on the west side of the building, then spread to the gas station building, firefighters said."

Note: This is the 354th RV to burn in 2016...

2016-08-24 - Wharf bumper made of wood beams and tires bursts into flame just before 5 AM in coastal Saint John (Canada):

Quote: "Fire crews were called to a small fire at Long Wharf just before 5 a.m. on Wednesday. A bumper from the side of the wharf made from large wooden beams and truck tires caught fire. The flames were visible from as far away as Chesley Drive. The fire destroyed a wooden and rubber bumper used to keep ships from hitting the side of the wharf."

2016-08-24 - Home destroyed by fire in coastal Waipahu (Hawaii):

Note: An unknown odor was just found emanating from sinks and shower drains at an apartment building in Waipahu the day before too, mentioned in the 2016-08-23 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-25 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, makes emergency landing in Rochester (New York), 2 other planes have problems too:

Quote: "The first plane departed from Newark, but had to return to the airport a short time later for unspecified reasons. The passengers were then transferred to a second plane, all boarded, and then were told they had to depart that plane. A reason was not given for this departure either. All the passengers then boarded a third plane, an Embraer 145, which left Newark and made it to Rochester airspace. Unfortunately the 50-passenger plane then filled with smoke, so the plane had to make an emergency landing at the Greater Rochester International Airport."

Note: This is the 91st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-08-25 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes and rattles people at Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri):

Quote: "Many speculated the noise and vibration came from a sonic boom—created by an aircraft breaking the sound barrier. Fort Leonard Wood is only about 40 miles from the Lake of the Ozarks, as the fighter-jet flies, but the base’s communications office pointed out that while the National Guard does fly out of there, they only fly A-10 Thunderbolt II 'Warthogs;, which have a max speed of about 439 miles per hour, far short of the 768 mph needed to break the sound barrier."

2016-08-25 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole cover off in coastal Providence (Rhode Island), blackouts ensue:

2016-08-25 - Underground electrical explosions at 12:30 AM hit Detroit (Michigan), hotel evacuated:

2016-08-25 - Sports facility destroyed by explosion just after midnight in Chimay (Belgium), 1 killed, 4 injured:

2016-08-25 - Chemical fertilizer factory explodes in coastal Chittagong (Bangladesh), 200 injured:

2016-08-25 - Passenger train bursts into flame in coastal Tanjung Priok (Indonesia):

2016-08-25 - Passenger train bursts into flame near coastal Hadera (Israel):,7340,L-4846344,00.html

2016-08-25 - Car bursts into flame while parked in underground carpark at Sheraton in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "According to a fire official, a car fire broke out in the high-rise's underground parking garage three levels below ground."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-26 - Person found burned to death in burning car at Walmart in Laval (Canada), near the Prairies River:

Quote: "The discovery was made shortly after 9 p.m. when firefighters responding to a 911 call about a car on fire, put out the blaze and discovered the charred remains of a person sitting in the driver’s seat. Police have determined that the car belonged to a 59-year-old man, but it is not known whether he was behind the wheel at the time of the incident."

Quote: "Jean said police do not believe a crime was committed and are trying to determine whether the fire was set accidentally or not."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-08-26 - Sulfur tank explodes and burns at refinery, spews hydrogen sulfide, in coastal Wilmington (California):

Quote: "A tank exploded Friday at the Tesoro refinery in Wilmington, spewing hazardous sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide vapors into the community and causing massive gridlock along nearby roads."

2016-08-26 - Wildfires rage in Indonesia, smoke from the fires blankets Singapore:

2016-08-26 - Freight train hit by fire, cars filled with trash burst into flame, in Hartford (Connecticut):

2016-08-26 - Train car bursts into flame at 10:59 PM inside business in the Lower Valley near El Paso (Texas), nobody there:

2016-08-26 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Penitas (Texas):

Quote: "The Hidalgo County Fire Marshal’s Office said they believe flames sparked inside the engine compartment of a car parked in the driveway. Investigators said the flames then spread from the car to the home, before reaching another car."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-27 - Passenger plane MH370 may have exploded during flight over the ocean:

Quote: "Twisted debris, possibly from doomed flight MH370, has been found off the coast of Mozambique. The sighting has sparked the theory the plane exploded before it crashed, reports The Sun. Previously it was assumed it had been under the pilot’s control when it plunged into the sea."

Quote: "The twisted and torn part has turned attention back onto theories that the aircraft met with a catastrophe - an explosion or fire - after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing in March 2014 and that Zaharie and his co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid, had attempted to turn back before becoming unconscious."

Note: I've always suspected from the first day that plane disappeared that it either burst into flame and crashed or it exploded...

2016-08-27 - Passenger plane hit by engine explosion, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Pensacola (Florida):

Quote: "A woman who was on the plane with her husband and three children told CNN affiliate KOCO that the engine was right outside her window. 'It was just a big explosion. There was some smoke and then nothing,' she told the Oklahoma City station. 'I saw parts flapping in the wind.'"

Quote: "Startled passengers on board Flight 3472 from New Orleans heard a frightening blast to the aircraft’s left at an altitude of 30,700 feet. Outside their windows, they saw smoke fuming from the exposed turbine blades at around 9:20 a.m. Saturday."

Quote: "Photographs of the plane from social media show one of the engines partially destroyed."

2016-08-27 - Small plane bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in field near Henstridge (Britain):

Quote: "The passengers were flying in a small aircraft near Henstridge when their engine caught fire. Fortunately, the skilful pilot flying their aircraft managed to land on a ploughed field nearby, preventing a disaster and saving both their life and those of the four passengers."

2016-08-27 - Small plane bursts into flame after takeoff then crashes, in Mpumalanga (South Africa), 3 killed:

Quote: "The plane’s wing reportedly caught fire shortly after taking off."

Note: These are the 92nd, 93rd and 94th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-08-27 - Underground electrical explosions and fire hit Kansas City (Missouri):

Quote: "Thick black smoke poured into the downtown sky after three underground electrical explosions Saturday. The fire broke about 2:30 p.m. near 10th and Central streets. The booms shook windows down the street at neighboring apartments and office buildings. It also blew the lids off at least five manholes and shattered glass on nearby buildings."

2016-08-27 - Underground fire spews flames from manholes in Chandkheda (India):

Quote: "Even as investigators are uncertain about what caused flames to burst out of manholes in Chandkheda on Friday, an Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) team has begun a survey of the stormwater drain in question."

2016-08-27 - Farm equipment dealership devastated by massive blaze in coastal Summerside (Canada):

Quote: "'We lost the whole building, the shop, vehicles, customer’s equipment, and we haven’t even started to do an inventory of everything that was here, but it’s going to be around a few million dollars,' said Sears."

2016-08-27 - Home and cars destroyed by massive blaze, more homes damaged, on coastal Plum Island (Massachusetts):

Quote: "One of the people who lived in the house was returning from the beach when he realized the emergency was at his address. 'It's very surreal right now,' Kenny Door said. 'It hasn't set in. Tonight I will not go back to my house. Everything is gone. My car blew up. Everything inside is gone.'"

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

Category: Animal Die-Offs

2016-08-28 - 322 reindeer found dead in Vinje (Norway), blamed on lightning strike:

Quote: "'It is very unusual. I’ve heard of cattle having been killed by lightning, but not in such huge numbers,' said Knut Nylend, a warden at the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (SNO) who came across hundreds of dead animals in a field between Møsvatn and Kalhovd Telemark, Hardangervidda. The area covered with dead reindeer was around 50 – 80 meters in diameter, according to Nulend."

Note: A storm did go through there, but nobody saw these reindeer get killed, so they're just assuming lightning is what killed them. That seems like too many large animals spread over too large an area - 80 meters, almost a football field in size - for lightning. Maybe they got hit by poison rain that came with the storm, like the 41 children and some animals that suddenly died after rainfall in Papua (Indonesia), mentioned in the 2015-11-24 update. Poison rain could kill creatures over a much larger area than any lightning strike. Basically like the people who've been diving into water and suddenly dying, but with the water falling onto people and creatures and killing them instead of them getting into the water and dying.

That said, lightning strikes have clearly been getting more vicious and deadly around the planet. So either this was a horrifying lightning strike like nothing seen before or these animals weren't killed by lightning. However these reindeer died, we're not likely to ever know the truth of things...

2016-08-28 - Humpback whale found dead in coastal Montevideo (Uruguay):

2016-08-28 - Many fish found dead in the water in coastal Atlantic Highlands (New Jersey):

Quote: "The latest in a series of fish kills throughout the Jersey Shore has left thousands of dead fish in a marina in Atlantic Highlands on Sunday. Blake Deakin recorded aerial footage of at the Atlantic Highlands marina, where thousands of what appeared to be dead peanut bunker floated lifeless around moored boats."

Quote: "In addition to the one in Atlantic Highlands, a kill of a few thousand fish was discovered at the marina in Keyport late Friday and another killed between 15,000 and 20,000 fish in Little Egg Harbor over the weekend. Last week, thousands of fish washed up on Keansburg beaches, particularly in the area of Waackaack Creek."

2016-08-28 - Thousands of fish found dead in coastal Portland Harbor (Maine):

2016-08-28 - Health Department collecting data on sudden and unusual illness in dogs and cats in coastal Cumberland County (New Jersey):

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2016-08-29 - Volcano Colima erupts in Mexico, spews ash and gas:

2016-08-29 - Volcano Katla shaken by two magnitude 4+ earthquakes in Iceland:

Quote: "Iceland raised the alarm after its largest volcano was hit by the biggest tremors since 1977. Two quakes larger than 4 in magnitude early Monday rocked the crater of Katla, the country's Met Office said in a statement. That was followed by at least 10 more tremors at the volcano, which rises 1,450 meters (4,757 feet) into the air on the North Atlantic island's southern coast."

Quote: "The IMO has now reported that flow in the  Múlakvísl River, which flows out from under Mýrdalsjökull, has increased and has high concentrations of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide."

2016-08-29 - Magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Ascension Island:

2016-08-29 - Magnitude 4.4 earthquake shakes Arquata del Tronto (Italy):

2016-08-29 - Study confirms ancient carbon being released from melting permafrost in the Arctic:

2016-08-29 - July was the hottest month ever recorded, 2016 set to make 1998 look cold by comparison:

2016-08-29 - 130-kilometer-long rift threatens to collapse Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica:

2016-08-29 - Unprecedented pair of hurricanes churn toward Hawaii:

Quote: "In what’s being hailed a meteorological first, two back-to-back hurricanes are marching toward Hawaii, both of them threatening torrential rains and rip-roaring winds this week. The closer of the two, hurricane Madeline, could break a second meteorological record as the first hurricane to strike the Big Island since bookkeeping began in 1949."

2016-08-29 - Japan set to be battered by third typhoon in a week:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-30 - Person found on fire and dead near Piles Fork Creek in Carbondale (Illinois):

2016-08-30 - Passenger plane bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Heraklion on the island of Crete (Greece):

Quote: "This dramatic footage captures the moment a plane's engine catches fire as it takes off packed with holidaymakers. The pilot of the Thomas Cook Airbus A320 was forced to bring the plane to a stop on the runway at Crete's Heraklion airport. Firefighters and ambulance crews raced to the aircraft, while the pilot cut lighting and ventilation to the cabin to stop it filling with smoke."

Note: This is the 95th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-08-30 - Regional distribution center for The Gap devastated by massive 8-alarm fire in Fishkill (New York):

Note: Distribution center so there were probably some trucks there...

2016-08-30 - High-rise building under construction erupts in flame in coastal Abu Dhabi (UAE):

Quote: "Cities in the fast-developing Emirates have been hit by a spate of fires in recent years, including one in a residential tower in Dubai last month and another at a luxury hotel next to the city's biggest shopping mall on New Year's Eve."

2016-08-30 - Metal recycling business erupts in flame in Evansdale (Iowa), nobody there:

2016-08-30 - Transformer bursts into flame at Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Spring City (Tennessee):

2016-08-30 - Car bursts into flame at home in coastal Brooms Head (Australia), and RV trailer bursts into flame at the same time on road in coastal MacLean (Australia):

Quote: "At the same time as the caravan fire, the RFS received a call of a car fire at a residential property at Brooms Head, which required RFS Brooms Head and a second Gulmarrad crew to bring under control. 'That kept us on our toes for some time,' Supt Watts said. 'It's not very often that we get two vehicle type incidents at the same time.'"

Note: About 5 miles away from each other as the gas blows...

2016-08-30 - Six more parked cars go up in flames in the wee hours in coastal Copenhagen (Denmark):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-08-31 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole cover off in coastal San Francisco (California):

2016-08-31 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Canley Vale near coastal Sydney (Australia), 1 injured:

Quote: "One person has been taken to hospital following a fire and explosions at a car wrecking yard in Sydney's southwest. Thick plumes of black smoke blanketed the sky just after 2pm on Wednesday when the blaze broke out at Canley Vale, causing the roof to give way."

2016-08-31 - Recycling center ravaged by major fire in coastal Belfast (Ireland):

2016-08-31 - Eight more cars go up in flames in coastal Copenhagen (Denmark):

Quote: "The Danish capital’s spate of car fires has continued unabated despite the arrest of one suspect."

Note: So arresting someone didn't do anything to make cars stop bursting into flame in the wee hours near the coast here? Well, that's not very surprising...

2016-08-31 - In separate incidents, van and vehicle burst into flame on I-695 in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "Currently on inner loop 695. 2nd vehicle on fire within 2 miles. Very strange"

Note: Must be one of those 'coincidences', two vehicles bursting into flame within 2 miles on the same highway in a coastal area...

2016-08-31 - Hospital hit by fire, generator room burns, in coastal Hudson (Florida), 290 patients evacuated:

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